Degree Programs

Degree Programs

The Major in Communication Studies is recommended for students who plan careers or graduate school in communication, journalism, media studies or related areas.

Application Process

Those who wish to earn the Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies must complete the following procedure:

  1. Submit to the department chair a degree application. In order to be accepted into the department major, students must have a 2.0 GPA overall and a 2.3 GPA in courses taken for the major.
  2. The student will be assigned an advisor to assist in developing a schedule of courses to complete the major.
  3. This procedure generally takes place by the first semester of the student’s junior year to ensure that the student has completed the general education requirements, and to provide time to complete the major requirements in a reasonable fashion. From time to time, the department will review the progress of the student.
Small classes

CORE REQUIREMENTS

Research Methods Requirements (9 hours)

  • MTH 1180 Elementary Probability and Statistics (3) OR
  • AJU/PSY/SOCI 3025 Research Statistics (3)
  • COM 3700 Quantitative Research Methods (3) OR
  • AJU/PSY/SOC 3030 Research Methods (3)
  • COM 3750 Qualitative Research Methods (3)


Major Core Requirements (3 hours)

Three hours selected from the following:

  • COM 1000 Public Speaking (3) OR
  • THT 2201 Voice and Oral Interpretation (3)


All of the following courses: (24 hours)

  • COM 3100 Intro. to Journalism and Media Writing (3)
  • COM 3200 Media Studies (3)
  • COM 3300 Interpersonal Communication (3)
  • COM 3400 Business and Professional Communication (3)
  • COM 3500 Communication Theory (3)
  • COM 3990 Junior Seminar (2)
  • COM 4100 Practicum in Applied Communication (1)
  • COM 4500 Rhetorical Criticism (3)
  • COM 4990 Senior Capstone (3)

Total For Core Requirements: 36 hours

 

Students who choose a major in Communications will complete an additional 12 hours from the following, to be selected in conference with their advisor:

  • COM 2050 Introduction to Rhetorical Studies (3)
  • COM 3110 Advanced Print Journalism (3)
  • COM 3120 Advanced Writing for Radio-TV-Film (3)
  • COM 3210 Introduction to Film Analysis (3)
  • COM 3220 Film and Video Production Techniques (3)
  • COM 3250 Talking Appalachian (3)
  • COM 3270 Topics in Film History (3)
  • COM 3450 Technical Writing (3)
  • COM 4000 Persuasion (3)
  • COM 4010 Introduction to Sociolinguistics (3)
  • COM 4250 Newsreal (3)
  • COM 4300 Nonverbal Co
  • COM 4310 Family Communication (3)
  • COM 4400 Organizational Communication (3)
  • COM 3960/4960 Special Topics in Communication (3)
  • COM 4870 & 4880 Cooperative Education Project (3)
  • COM 4941 Internship in Communication (1-6)
  • COM 4970 Independent Study in Communication (3)
  • ENG 3010 Appalachian Prose and Poetry (3)
  • PSY 3060 Cultural Diversity (3)
  • THT 3205 Playwriting (3)
  • THT 4000 Performance Studies (3)

Total, Major in Communication Studies: 60-63


Minor Requirements

A minor includes at least 18 semester hours, 12 of which must be in courses at the 3000-level or above. Courses must be selected in consultation with the department chair. Students will complete 18 semester hours of COM courses, 12 of which must be in courses at the 3000-level or above. A student may use no more than 3 semester hours of cooperative education, internship or independent study to satisfy requirements for the minor.

Honors

The Department of Communication Studies is please to award graduation with honors to distinguished students. To earn honors the student shall:

  1. Maintain a 3.50 cumulative grade point average in courses taken on campus and courses transferred to UVa- Wise.
  2. Be nominated for honors by the student’s departmental advisor and at least one other member of the department.
  3. Submit a research paper in COMM 4990 that is deemed to be distinguished by at least two members of the Department of Communication Studies.

Licensure for Teaching Journalism, Speech or Theatre Arts

Licensure in journalism or speech may be added to basic licensure in English by completing the appropriate coursework.

Contact Rachel Tighe or Amy Clark for more information.